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Island Escapes

Tamihau Island from Boulder Beach

Lots of small islands around this island country, providing ample opportunities for offshore escapes.

An interesting aspect here is that small islands can be turned into predator-free sanctuaries for flightless birds and others that are close to extinction.

In particular, Tiritiri Matangi Island in the Hauraki Gulf, near Auckland, and Ulva Island at Stewart Island / Rakiura make excellent islands to visit and walk around to see native birdlife. Also consider a visit to Kapiti Island, near Wellington.

Ackers Point Walk

Amble on road & track (8km / 3hrs return)

Kapiti Island

Predator-free bird sanctuary

Port William to Oban Walk

Rakiura NP daywalk (4-5hrs)

Rangitoto Summit Track

Climb Auckland's youngest volcano (2hrs return)

Te Ara Hura Day Walk

Walk the western end of Waiheke Island (3hrs)

Tiritiri Matangi Island

Predator-free bird sanctuary

Ulva Island (Te Wharawhara)

Predator-free paradise for birds

Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by Tomas Sobek